LAHAINA - What could be better than spending the morning sailing off of Lahaina and Kaanapali for a good cause?
More than 50 volunteers set out on a Trilogy Blue'Aina reef cleanup recently to make Maui's reefs a safer place for sea animals.
On the trip, they collected plastic decking, a large floating piece of a wall mount air-conditioner, plastic bags and fishing line with hooks attached.
The Whalers Village Museum’s Asia Nunez (lower left) and Nicole Bear (back left) recently presented donations for the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation to Bo Petty (back row, center), West Maui programs coordinator. They were joined by Blue‘Aina Reef Cleanup volunteers Jenna and Danica Galindo (front center, holding check) and Amy Bowman (back right). Cynthia Matzke (front right) organized the trip. Hula Grill donated breakfast and lunch, and Trilogy donated the boat and crew.
Two sea turtles with hooks caught in them were seen, which emphasizes the need to continue these monthly efforts, noted Bo Petty, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary's West Maui programs coordinator.
"The morning was a big success and lots of fun. Hula Grill provided refreshments for all. One-hundred percent of donations raised always go to local, ocean-related nonprofit organizations that help our reefs and sea life," Petty explained.
To find out how to join the next trip, or for more information, visit www.sailtrilogy.com/blue/.